If you’ve seen the original Watership Down that was released back in 1978, you’ll know how much of an emotional rollercoaster it was. So, if you’re a little reluctant to watch the 2018 remake of the classic film, we don’t really blame you! However, as bunny fans, it’s our duty to let you know what to expect from the remake, so you can be fully prepared (emotionally and with snacks) for what’s coming next…
What is it?
The original Watership Down movie was the iconic 1978 film adaptation of the famous novel by the late Richard Adams, who sadly passed away in 2016. The 2018 remake is a two-episode mini-series: an animated co-production between the BBC and Netflix.
The story follows the tale of a warren of rabbits on a life journey to find a new home. A tear-jerking story that has left its mark on generations.
The most noticeable difference between the old and new is that the remake will be using computer-generated imagery, rather than the hand-drawn animation used in the original. However, the remake has been designed to ensure it has somewhat of a ‘classic’ feel to it.
Who stars in it?
The remake is a powerhouse of talented actors that are sure to do this remake justice. The BBC has assembled a pretty impressive roster of big-name stars to voice the rabbits and other animals of the classic. James McAvoy and Nicholas Hoult are the voices of the group leading brothers Hazel and Fiver. Gemma Atterton and Olivia Coleman will voice Clover and Strawberry, and Bigwig will be voiced by Star Wars’ star John Boyega. As if that’s not enough, the roster includes not one, but two Oscar nominees as Daniel Kaluuya of Get Out and Gone Girl’s Rosamond Pike are included in the star-studded cast alongside a whole host of big names.
Where can I watch it?
The two episodes first aired on BBC One in December, to watch on catch up, simply head to the BBC iPlayer website. For viewers outside of the UK, you will find the mini-series on Netflix.
Will it be as emotionally challenging as the original?
An executive producer at production company 42, Rory Aitken, told press that they were going to tone down the violence for the remake. He said. “While we won’t shy away from the darkness in the book, visually it won’t be as brutal and scarring”. He went on to express that “The idea is to bring it to a wider family audience. While Watership Down is never going to be for young children, it will be for the whole family to watch together. So, now you know that the remake will be a slightly “watered-down” version of the 1978 adaptation.
There is it, that’s everything you need to know about the BBC and Netflix remake of Watership Down so you can be fully prepared for series, minus any spoilers! We’d love to know your thoughts if you watch it, let us know over on our Facebook page. Happy viewing!